Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Immigration

Anthony Gregory's latest article provides a good look at the open vs. closed border debate from a Libertarian perspective.

Anyone who thinks that the government can magically "shut down" the borders is living in a fantasy world in my opinion. Remember that this is the same government that can't deliver the mail on time or keep drugs out of Federal prisons. To think that they could close thousands of miles of borders is insane and it wouldn't be worth the cost even if they could. A complete dismantling of the welfare state would go a long way towards curbing illegal immigration. Without the hope of free education and free healthcare, the only people wishing to immigrate would be those who want to work hard and make a better life for themselves, which I see no problem with.

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Blogger This is how I called it said...

As an immigrant and a one-time recipient of your fine free health care system (cough) and even finer public school system (right)...I can assure you this was not the enticement that brought me here.

Generalizations, such as that are what create a misunderstanding between immigrants and Americans.

I know very few immigrants who come here with only the desire to live off the system. In case you didn’t know it, you can hardly live off of the free services that are provided. I wonder what would happen to the economy of the U.S. without all of its immigrants. Especially the agricultural sector….it would be a disaster.

I have an idea! How about getting all those lazy Americans out from behind their game boys, that keep getting fatter and maybe set them up with a job picking strawberries at $5 an hour….yeah!

Even as we fantasize about an America free of lazy immigrants…. we have to look in the mirror and come to terms with the lazy Americans whose obesity and smoking is costing us millions.

Who are we to preach about hard work if we can’t fathom picking fruit? Gotta love the irony.

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